Carlo Ancelotti hails 'extraordinary' Modric after Atletico display

Carlo Ancelotti hails ‘extraordinary’ Luka Modric after he starred in Real Madrid’s vital victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid… with 36-year-old’s ‘spectacular’ performance helping his side move eight points clear in LaLiga

  • Luka Modric starred for Real Madrid in their 2-0 victory over rivals Atletico
  • The midfielder, 36, belied his age to put in another match-winning display
  • Boss Carlo Ancelotti called him ‘extraordinary’ and ‘spectacular’ post-match
  • Modric agreed a one-year extension to give him an extra season in the summer

Carlo Ancelotti heaped praise on the ‘extraordinary’ Luka Modric after he rolled back the years to help Real Madrid beat their city rivals Atletico on Sunday night.

Real’s 2-0 victory, with goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio, helped them move eight points clear of their nearest rivals Sevilla in LaLiga, and the team’s boss made no bones about who impressed him the most.

Despite being 36 and seemingly heading towards the latter stages of his career, Modric again produced an incredible performance in the heart of midfield, pulling the strings and helping his side win the biggest game of their season so far. 

Luka Modric controlled the game against Atletico Madrid despite his advancing years

Boss Carlo Ancelotti (left) was quick to heap praise on the ‘extraordinary’ midfielder

‘I congratulated him on his performance after the game, because he was spectacular’, Ancelotti told Marca after the game.

‘I don’t know what I told him, but he was spectacular on the ball all night, and without the ball he was extraordinary.’

The former Tottenham star last summer agreed a one-year extension to his contract, and it would be no surprise to see Real Madrid tie him down for another year as he heads into the second half of this season.

Modric has started 12 of Real’s 17 league matches so far this season – the sixth most of any player in their squad. 

As it stands this season, Real are 13 points clear of Atletico and a massive 18 ahead of Barcelona, who again suffered a late collapse to draw against Osasuna at the weekend. 

Modric has started 12 of Real Madrid’s 17 LaLiga matches during their impressive season

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